Foundation receives $330K gift from priest’s estate

From Local Sources

JASPER — The Dubois County Community Foundation recently received a $330,000 donation from the estate of Fr. Philip Kreilein, a former priest at St. Joseph Parish in Jasper and St. Ferdinand Parish in Ferdinand.

This is the largest single contribution to the community foundation by an individual this year.

The gift is designated for the Lucille Kreilein St. Joseph Church Sacristy Endowment, an endowment established in 1999 by Fr. Phil’s parents, Raymond and Lucille Kreilein, and supports St. Joseph Parish for sacristy and altar expenses.

“The Community Foundation is extremely grateful for Fr. Phil’s generosity and consider it a privilege to be named in his estate,” said Clayton Boyles, community foundation executive director. “For a donor to entrust our organization with this type of gift is truly an honor.”

Fr. Phil, a Jasper native, was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Evansville in 1974 and served as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Jasper from 1999-2003. He died in October.

Sylvester Kreilein, Ph.D., and elder brother of Fr. Phil, said: “For many years, our mother cleaned St. Joseph’s sacristy as well as washed and ironed altar cloths. In addition to attending daily Mass, it was working with the sacristy group that gave her a stronger sense of belonging. An added incentive for her to establish the Sacristy Endowment was Fr. Phil’s assignment as Pastor at St. Joseph’s Parish,” he said.

The Community Foundation will invest the estate gift allowing it to grow over time and provide an annual grant to St. Joseph Parish.

Boyles said the foundation’s board of directors is focused on strategies to increase planned giving for the benefit of our community and the Kreilein estate gift demonstrates how the potential impact is limitless.

For more information on planned giving to benefit future generations of Dubois County, contact community foundation staff at 812-482-5295 or visit

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